This Black Barbie Doll Has Cornrows and People Have Mixed Feelings
For a while now, toy manufacturer Mattel has been putting forth efforts to make Barbie dolls more inclusive. So far, she’s proven to be more than just a pretty face as she joined the workforce as a doctor and an astronaut, and she even became available in more than one body type to try to show little girls that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes!
That aside, people on social media lately have lots of mixed feelings about one of Mattel’s black dolls. Why? Because in a photo that was used to promote a new Barbie documentary, titled Tiny Shoulders: Rethinking Barbie, half of the black Barbie’s hair was braided into cornrows while the other half of her head was styled in a long, blonde bouffant. See?
Long story short, many people who caught a glimpse of the photo were not impressed. Case in point:
Lol barbie… this is actually just embarrassing. Like they wanted to fit every black hair style on one head. The cornrows, the dyed weave, body wave bundles. Why? Why? Why? Just ask any black person and they will tell you, that you don’t do this anywhere. ANYWHERE ! https://t.co/KhRVhtFdVS
— Eno Boateng (@Enooo_x) April 30, 2018
Barbie half blonde sew-in, half cornrows is a no for me!
— C-Yoncé (@sinceltic) April 30, 2018
Corn rows & a ratchet blonde weave ??? why y’all playing in black Barbie’s face ?? Sis looks like her hair girl has an emergency and had to go ??♀️??♀️??♀️ https://t.co/ax9XT4hG5s
— Joliette Mechele (@Un_Bothered_AF) April 30, 2018
@Barbie Hi umm… I’m gonna need an explanation pertaining to the black Barbie’s hair. Like… this is unacceptable. What is this. Who did this. Why. Who approved this. What were they drinking. Thanks in advance. pic.twitter.com/xwiVQlXaHC
— Delilah Benson (@DelilahBenson12) April 29, 2018
Clearly, this didn’t go over well. And while it’s clear that many people disapproved of the hairstyle (or hairstyles) featured on the doll, some were actually here for it:
Y’all hating on that black Barbie but her hair is bomb
— mermaid princess (@mermaidhev) April 29, 2018
Obviously, Barbie World is currently divided over whether or not the hairstyle is inclusive or crosses a line. Regardless, this isn’t the first time Mattel has found themselves in the middle of a Barbie controversy, and if we had to guess, it probably won’t be the last time either. Yikes!